REPORT: NYPD Officers Ordered to Run Criminal Checks on Domestic Violence Victims

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REPORT:  NYPD Officers Ordered to Run Criminal Checks on Domestic Violence Victims (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  The New York Police Department is in the news again — this time, under a new domestic abuse directive, NYPD officers are ordered to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser. So, a woman who is being battered by her partner in New York City could face arrest if she has an open warrant, unpaid parking tickets, etc. Many domestic violence victims are already reluctant to report their abusers. They will now be victimized not only by their abusers, but by the police as well.  Where is the outrage? An unpaid ticket carries more weigh in the eyes of the NYPD than the victim being beaten by her partner. Wow, talk about misguided priorities.

The memo by Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski requires detectives to look at open warrants, complaint histories and even the driving records of both parties.

“You have no choice but to lock them up” if the victims turn out to have warrants, including for minor offenses like unpaid tickets, a police source said.

“This is going to deter victims of domestic violence . . . They’re going to be scared to come forward.”

The directive tells detectives that when they are investigating cases of domestic violence, they should run a search that cross-references all NYPD databases.

Beside warrants, a person’s criminal record and history of making criminal complaints should be checked, the directive says.

A source said that even if detectives wanted to take pity on someone who was battered by a spouse, they would feel pressure to make an arrest to avoid getting in trouble with superiors.

“We have every right to arrest that person at that moment,” the source said. Source:  NY Post

This directive will only empower and embolden the abuser. It will have a ripple effect as the abuse could intensify and lead to a domestic violence death. While Mayor Mike Bloomberg is so worried about soda New Yorkers should be allowed to drink, the war on women continues. Somehow New York City’s Finest have become New York City’s Heartless.

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NH Rep. Mark Warden Apologizes for Insensitive Domestic Abuse Remarks

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NH Rep. Mark Warden Apologizes for Insensitive Domestic Abuse Remarks (Photo Credit: Mark Warden)

Republicans continue to show how out of touch they are with women’s issues and it is a sad commentary. The latest Republican to trivialize a women’s issue, in the tradition of Richard Mourdock, is New Hampshire Rep. Mark Warden, who said some people may like being in abusive relationships and that they are free to leave at any time.

Um, case in point, Elizabeth Wilson was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Peter Daniels in Niagara Falls. She had reportedly complained of being afraid of Daniels.  So, no, Rep. Mark Warden, it isn’t as easy as you think to walk away.  Rep. Mark Warden made the insensitive comments Tuesday during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault in some cases, the Concord Monitor reports.

“Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her,” said Rep. Mark Warden, a Republican who represents Deering, Goffstown and Weare, during a meeting of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, according to a video provided by Granite State Progress, a liberal advocacy group.

According to the video, Warden added, “Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I’d say no. People are always free to leave.” Source

Amazing. Another politician dismissing being in an abusive relationship as no big deal. Absolutely despicable. Why make the comment only to apologize? Rep. Mark Warden apologized Wednesday saying,  “It was never my intention to minimize the trauma of domestic abuse or in any way demean the victims. I find violence abhorrent.” Um, that’s not what you said yesterday bruh!